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Mexican Gray Wolves population drops 20 percent

[large thumbnail url=”mexican-gray-wolves-population-drops-20-percent” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”02″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”mexican-gray-wolves-population-drops-20-percent” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”02″ day=”09″] Disappointment and frustration combined following the release of numbers which suggest that there are now only 42 – down 10 from last year’s numbers – Mexican Gray Wolves wild in Arizona and New Mexico after another rough year for the troubled reintroduction program.

According to an article from the Associated Press there are 27 wolves in Arizona and 15 in New Mexico.

In the same article, they quote Benjamin Tuggle, regional director of the Fish and Wildlife service as saying “These findings are very disturbing and I am determined to identify the reasons for this decline and turn the situation around.”

The number of breeding pairs remained unchanged at two.

Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity says the situation should not be sugar coated and treated seriously – one plan would include replacing any wolf found dead (for any reason) with three more until the population has reached the stable, self-sustaining 100 animals which biologists had predicted.

Read the full article: Mexican wolf count drops by 10 from year ago

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